Citay at The Bishop 27 March 2010


Right now in the indie rock world there are a lot of revival movements picking up speed. Whether it be lo-fi rock or electro-pop, this offers critics countless opportunities to play what you could call “the influence game.” Citay is a band that I would say fits into the psychedelic pop-rock revival genre, which is clearly a genre I just made up. I will tell you that Citay features harmonies reminiscent of The Mamas & The Papas and has Big Star-like pop sensibility, but that does not do their sound or their live show justice.

The concert last night started with Chicago-based Cains & Abels, who have a folk-rock sound similar to Magnolia Electric Co. Besides fixating on how the lead singer looked like a late ’80s J. Mascis lookalike, I thought they sounded great and I loved their song, “Killed by Birds.”

I stepped out after their set to escort a friend elsewhere. On my way back I was accosted by a few friendly, intoxicated women. After assuring them that their friend’s jacket was indeed a burnt orange color and not dusty rose, I returned to The Bishop in time to see the beginning of Citay’s set. Here is a visual aid to assist in the understanding of the next portion of the article. This is Citay performing “First Fantasy” last night:

Citay’s seven members look like they were all plucked from different bands to form a San Francisco super group. Members of the band include Josh Pollock with the flying V and Harvey Milk (the band) t-shirt, the red pants-clad Ezra Feinberg, and the hip female vocalists (Tahlia Harbour and Meryl Press). I am confident that San Francisco is the only city capable of producing a band like this. All appearances aside, the great thing about Citay is that they can condense all their musical influences into a sonic mind-meld that doesn’t suffer from the self-indulgence that can easily cripple psychedelic bands.

The band played through songs from their new album Dream Get Together, as well as sprinkling in old songs along the way, and ending with a cover of Steve Young’s “Seven Bridges Road.” Highlights of the night for me were the drum and guitar solos on “Fortunate Sun,” as well as the seven minute epic version of “Eye on the Dollar,” which I happened to capture on video:

Citay did pretty well for their first time in Bloomington. Front man Ezra Feinberg only broke one string and even then the show went on. I had fun and the crowd dug their sound enough to stick around for the late show (11:30pm start). Rodeo Ruby Love was slated to play after Citay, but by that time I was at home and in bed. By the end of the night I was sober and dehydrated, but thoroughly rocked.


~ by masterodisaster on March 28, 2010.

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